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Area High School Football Scores August 29



Council Bluffs, Abraham, Lincoln 42 Sioux City North 27

Lewis Central 35 Sergeant Bluff-Luton 28



Clarinda 60 Atlantic 14

Harlan 45 Denison/Schleswig 14

Creston 27 Norwalk 17

Dallas Center-Grimes 27 Carlisle 24 (OT)

Winterset 15 Oskaloosa 14

A-D-M 15 Perry 9

Glenwood 41 Red Oak 24

Carroll 34 Kuemper 0

Shenandoah  28 Riverside  7

Des Moines Christian 24 West Central, Valley 6



IKM/Manning 28 East Sac County 7

Bedford 36 Griswold 14

Tri-Center 19 Underwood 8

Logan-Magnolia 42 Missouri Valley 6

St. Albert 20 Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson 13

Audubon 13 A-H-S-T-W 6

Southwest Valley 40 Clarinda Academy 0

Albia 39 Mt. Ayr 8

Lawton Bronson-35 Treynor 20

Ogden 23 Panorama 13



CAM 48 Adair-Casey 24

Exira-EHK 58 Nishnabotna 6

Fremont-Mills 50 Woodbine 20

Lamoni 52 Essex 22

Guthrie Center 52 Stanton 28

Coon Rapids/Bayard 48 Laurens-Marathon 0

Clarinda Rolls in Opener

(Clarinda) Clarinda under second-year Head Coach Mark Schilb ran the single-wing offense to perfection in a non-district football game against Atlantic at Clarinda Friday night. The Cardinals topped the Trojans in the opener 60-14.


Clarinda got off to a flying start with a pick six on the opening play of the game. Jacob Carlson intercepted a Trojan pass and cruised in from 28-yards out for a 7-0 lead following the extra point. And they kept the momentum going with three more first quarter scores. Jett Kettwick raced 44-yards for a Cardinal TD and Austin Smith punched in back to back scores to push the lead to 28-0 at the quarter break.


Atlantic had a much better second quarter. They controlled the ball for most it with the aide of three Cardinal turnovers that included; a muffed punt, interception and a fumble.

The Trojans capitalized on one of the turnovers with a Joey Walker one-yard quarterback sneak. In fact, it looked as if the Trojans would shut-out the Cardinals in the second quarter; however Kyle Holmes put an end to that when he took the all on a reverse and sprinted 17-yards into the end zone and a 34-6 halftime lead.

Then lightning struck forcing the game officials to delay the contest for mandatory 30-minutes. That delay was extended to an hour and twenty-five minutes to allow for a rain storm to blow through. The game didn’t resume until 9:40 p.m.


But that didn’t slow down the Clarinda’s Offense. They tacked four more scores on the board all on the ground with runs of 15, (Kyle Holmes), 51, (Jacob Degase), 68, (Kyle Holmes) and 4-yards, (Zachary Carlson), all during a running clock. Atlantic quarterback Joey Walker squeezed in a 3-yarder for the teams second and final touchdown of the night.


Kyle Holmes scored three touchdowns for Clarinda and Jacob Carlson scored one  and intercepted two Trojan passes. Walker scored both TD’s for Atlantic.


The Cardinals host Creston-Orient-Macksburg next Friday night. Atlantic is at home against, Denison/Schleswig.


August 30, 2014 

CAM Ends 6-Game Skid Against Rival Bombers

(Anita) CAM began their 2014 football season in style Friday night with a 48-24 win over Adair-Casey. It’s the first time since 2008 that the Cougars have topped the Bombers.


Outside of a punt return for a touchdown Adair-Casey controlled CAM in the first half leading 16-6 at the break. Outside kickoff return for a touchdown CAM dominated Adair-Casey in the 2nd half to win 48-24.


Adair-Casey took the early lead with a touchdown drive on their opening series. The Bombers got a big run from Charlie Terry followed by a 31 yard touchdown by Terry on a screen pass from Connor Westergaard. Terry carried the load offensively for the Bombers with a strong rushing night and also had a standout defensive effort.  CAM answered back with their lone score of the first half, a 55 yard punt return by Connor Bell. Adair-Casey responded with another Westergaard TD pass. On the receiving end was Emmitt Wheatley who caught the ball at the five yard line and juked his way into the end zone for a 28 yard score. On the last play of the half, a CAM punt was blocked out of the end zone for a safety making the halftime score 16-6.


CAM stuck to their power running game in the 2nd half and it paid off in a big way. Trace Ticknor darted in from 39 yards out midway through the third to give CAM some momentum. The Cougars went on a roll from there with Conner Bell reeling in three touchdown passes in a five minute span.   Bell, a senior in his first season playing high school football, caught scores from Drew Ticknor from 18, 10, and 15 yards out.


With just over five minutes left in the game and CAM leading 34-16, senior Austin Williamson put some icing on the cake. The fullback found pay dirt from 14 yards away to make it 42-16. The ensuing kickoff was taken to the house in lightning quick fashion by Adair-Casey senior Emmitt Wheatley, but that was one of the rare highlights for the Bombers after intermission. Drew Ticknor’s 11 yard TD run with 1:29 to play provided an exclamation point for CAM’s 48-24 triumph.


With several former players standing by and ‘encouraging‘ their former coach,

CAM‘s Joe Wollum caught up with KSOM/KS95.7 Sports after the contest.



Adair-Casey will look to regroup next week in the home opener against Nishnabotna. Comments from Bomber head coach Chris Bireline can be viewed here….



CAM’s Connor Bell shined in his varsity debut. The senior is out for football for the first time since middle school. He posted three receiving touchdowns, one punt return touchdown and an interception. He also hauled in a pair of two point conversions.


CAM senior Austin Williamson provided two great blocks, one on a punt return and another on an interception return. He ran for one TD and was in on several tackles.



Senior Trace Ticknor accounted for most of the team’s rushing attempts and picked up  several hard earned yards. He led a stout defensive effort in the 2nd half.

Wheeler Volleyball Swings into Action Next Week

(Audubon) The Audubon volleyball season will begin Tuesday when they travel to take on Guthrie Center. The Wheelers will have a young group this season with only five upperclassmen listed on the roster.


Despite the youth, Audubon does return quite a few starters from last year’s 12-15 group. Seniors Courtney Rudolph, Carly Johnston, and Morgan Gust all return. So does defensive specialist, junior, Monica Jessen. Three sophomores will ascend to the starting lineup with Taylor Nielsen, Sydney Obermeier, and Kaitlyn Shcultes.

The Wheelers graduated their top four hitters from last season. They also lose their top six athletes in digs. Also gone is their leader in assists.


Coach Lange identifies some of the team’s strengths as passing and serve receive. She says the team needs to become more consistent.


Their first opponent, Guthrie Center, is coming off of a 23-7 2013 season. The Tigers are ranked in the pre-season top 15. 


Click to listen to the interview with coach Molly Lange

High School Volleyball Scores, Thursday, August 28.

Bedford 22-25-15, Mount Ayr 25-19-11
Bedford 25-25, Central Decatur, Leon 20-17
Coon Rapids-Bayard 25-25-25, CAM, Anita 19-13-8
Glenwood 25-25, Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson 16-14
Glenwood 25-25, Tri-Center, Neola 22-20
Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 25-20-25-25, Carroll 20-25-20-17
Logan-Magnolia 25-25-25, Whiting 17-16-16
Mount Ayr 25-25, Central Decatur, Leon 16-22
Winterset 25-25-25, Nodaway Valley 21-16-14
August 29, 2014

Ground Game Expected to Lead Nodaway Valley Early in Season

(Greenfield) With only 22 players on the team and a lot of newcomers, coach Steve Shantz says his team will have to rely early in the season on two hard nosed runners, Brennan Weiland and Josh Allsup. 


Weiland ran for 245 yards on only 48 carries. Allsup last year finished with 136 yards on 36 attempts. Once the Wolverines establish some weapons at wide receiver, they will count on quarterback Jackson Lamb in a big way. Lamb threw for 1220 yarsd last season. 



Coach Shantz admits with only 22 out for football it’s difficult to properly prepare for an opponent in Week 1. He says he has know idea what kind of game to expect Friday night especially with the weather conditions.


Click here for the interview with coach Steve Shantz



Bulldogs Eye Playoffs for 2nd Straight Year

(Oakland) Riverside’s 2014 football season starts with a home contest against Shenandoah Friday night.


Head coach Mitch Rice is in his second season at the helm and reports the team is miles ahead of where they were last year at this time, especially on offense. The team made big strides from week to week last year. It’ll be a big challenge to repeat that.


Coach Rice says Week 1 opponent Shenandoah is hard to gauge because of all of their losses to graduation. The Mustangs are coming off of a three win season in 2013. The field conditions will likely impact the outcome. Coach Rice expects it to be a ground and pound type of attack. 


Riverside loses several key pieces from their offensive line that was a strength of the team least year, but they bring back two towering tackles in Michael Pracht and Jonathon Gehrmann. Starting quartback Brad McGinnis also had a lot of experience last year. He and Brock Bentley will be two of the defensive leaders.


Four of Riverside’s 5 wins last year came at home and they only lost one game in front of their home crowd. 


Click for the interview with coach Mitch Rice

CAM Has Opportunity to end Losing Streak to Adair-Casey Friday Night

(Anita) Bragging rights will be on the line Friday night in Anita when CAM hosts their rival from 7 miles down the road: Adair-Casey. The Cougars have lost their last six games against the Bombers. 


CAM coach Joe Wollum believes the two teams match up well this year. Just like most teams, each are looking to fill some major holes left by graduation. 


Coach Wollum is hoping to wear down opponents this season with a couple of tough runners in the backfield in fullback Austin Williamson and halfback Trace Ticknor. He says neither have breakaway speed, but they each run very hard. 


Another big bonus is all three offensive linemen return with Levi Lank, Keegan Hosfelt, and Brandon Flathers set to start in the trenches. He looks for the interior line play to be a strength of the team. 


Coach Wollum believes a lower scoring game will favor his squad.  Both coaches agreed, the team that makes fewer mistakes will win the matchup.


Click for the interview with coach Joe Wollum

New Era of Bomber Football Starts Friday

(Adair) Adair-Casey travels to CAM Friday night in KSOM’s first high school football broadcast of the year.


The Bombers come into the season opener with a lot new faces both on the field and on the sidelines. Chris Bireline ascends to the head coaching job, he says his inexperienced team is ready to see their hard work pay off.


Sophomore Connor Westergaard won the starting quarterback job, winning a closely contested race with senior Blake Leonard. Leonard, who coach Bireline says has good hands, will start at tight end. 


Adair-Casey has a brand new offensive line with Hunter Brown, Jordan Hockel, and Riley Sanders up front. The group is much smaller than what Adair-Casey has seen in recent years, Coach Bireline likes the speed that they bring to the team. Those three will also start on the defensive line along with Cole Reha.


Adair-Casey hasn't lost to CAM since falling 24-22 back in 2008. Last year the Bombers won a shootout at home 55-40. They've put up fifty points or more in the last three meetings. 


Click for the interview with coach Chris Bireline



AHSTW's 10 Game Regular Season Win Streak on the Line Friday

(Avoca) Friday night on KSOM2 it’s AHSTW opposing Audubon. The Vikings return a wealth of experience from last season’s dome team that finished 12-1.


Coach Davis Pattee says despite playing against Audubon twice last year it’s hard to get a scouting report on a team in week 1.



The Vikings are looking for several players to step up and fill the shoes of 8 key seniors especially the two of the leading rusher who graduated Kyle Bauerkemper and Austin Fink.



Cain Francois, Terry Shannon, and Dustin Engel will all see more carries this season. Plus starting quarterback Nathan Herbst returns after rushing for 921 yards last season.


AHSTW hasn’t lost a regular season game since falling short to Logan-Magnolia in Week 8 of 2012. 


Click for the interview with AHST coach Davis Pattee

Seven Letter Winners Back for CAM Volleyball

(Anita) CAM will open up the volleyball season Thursday against Coon Rapids-Bayard.


Coach Zeli Rasmussen’s group loses only one senior from last year’s two-win squad. They are excited to start the 2014 season.


Tierney Sothman and Mackenzie Schwenke are the lone seniors on the team. Coach Rasmussen says they've been good leaders on and off the court. In all, the team returns seven letter winners plus a few newcomers that will make an impact. Among those players is Lindsay Dinkla, Rachel Riker, Felicity Jackson, Grace Hansen, Shalyn Smith, and Katie Aupperle. 



Coach Rasmussen says Coon Rapids-Bayard is a strong opponent out of the gate. The Crusaders won 19 matches last season.  The two teams meet Thursday night in Coon Rapids. 


Click for the interview with coach Zeli Rasmussen

Spartan Football Not Lacking in Talent Despite Key Losses to Graduation

(Elk Horn) Defending 8-Player runner-up Exira-EHK is chomping at the bit to get the 2014 season underway.


The group has a lot to replace from a year ago and are eager to get things started. They oppose Nishnabotna (1-8 in 2013) on the road Friday night.


Multiple all-district and all-state performers graduated, but the cupboard isn’t bare. The headliner returning is quarterback Drew Peppers who rushed for 42 TD’s and over 2,000 yards last season. Guys like Jared Hansen and Martin Olson will be plugged into starting roles in the backfield. Both averaged over 8.5 yards per carry in reserve roles last year.


Jake Paulsen was a big standout in their scrimmage with Guthrie Center last week, according to Coach Tom Petersen. The team may look to stretch the field this year with big targets like Paulsen, Lucas Schwery, and Brady Hansen.


Coach Petersen says communication is key in week 1 when you don’t know as much about what your opponent. 


Click for the interview with Exira-EHK coach Tom Petersen

Area Volleyball Scores from Tuesday, August 26th

A-D-M, Adel 21-21, Carlisle 8-5
A-D-M, Adel 21-21, Knoxville 16-13
A-D-M, Adel 21-21, Newton 17-18
Alta/Aurelia 25-18-25-25, OA-BCIG 16-25-22-11
Ankeny Christian Academy 25-25-27, Van Meter 22-18-25

Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines 21-21, A-D-M, Adel 17-10

Moravia 25-25-25, Orient-Macksburg 13-10-16

Oskaloosa 24-10-15, A-D-M, Adel 22-21-11

River Valley 25-25, West Harrison 6-13

Stanton 16-25-22-25-15, Nishnabotna 25-17-25-19-13

Atlantic Cross Country Time Trial Results

(Atlantic) The line-ups are set for the Atlantic Cross Country teams opening meet at Glenwood on Saturday.


Atlantic Head Coach Paul Iekel held time trials Tuesday, and Ryan Hawkins came in as the number one runner on the boys side with a time of 18:31 seconds. Phoenix Shadden grabbed the second spot with a time of 18:36, Carter Cox third, 19:32, Marshall McDermott, fourth, 20:02, David Thomsen, fifth, 20:03, Zach Brooks, Sixth, 20:13 and freshmen Cale Pellett rounded out the varsity roster with a seventh place finish in a time of 20:18.


Tiffany Williams led the Trojan girls with a time of 15:22, Savannah Sorensen finished second in a time of 17:07, Karly Monson was third, 17:10, Alexis Brockman, fourth, 17:22, Ashleigh Waltz, fifth, 17:23, Allie Siggins, sixth, 17:43, and Emily Sauegling rounded out the seven team roster in a time of 17:53.


Tom Robinson

August 27, 2014  

Tri-Center Boys Cross Country Sets Sights on State Meet

(Neola) The Tri-Center boys cross country team is expecting big things this season.


The group has 17 athletes out for cross country which coach Dennis Jarrett says is the most he’s had in eight years at the helm.


The team has doubled in numbers from a year ago. They’ll be lead by Christopher Jarrett and Dion Coffey, but their strength is their overall depth.  After near misses in each of the last few years, the Trojans are pushing for a state berth this season.


The girls team has just seven runners out and only two of them are returners from last year.


The team starts the season September 2nd at Logan-Magnolia. 


Click for the interview with coach Dennis Jarrett

Griswold Benefits from Nodaway Valley Scrimmage, Will Host Bedford in Week 1

(Griswold) The Griswold Tiger football team is just days away from getting their 2014 season started.


Coach Andy Everett and the Tigers will take on Bedford at home on Friday night. The Tigers went 4-5 last year while the Bulldogs finshed 1-8, but both teams are looking for bigger things in 2014. 


Now some teams view non-district games as building blocks for a successful district run, but that’s not the case at Griswold. Coach Everett says they are, 'All in.'



The Tigers held a scrimmage with Nodaway Valley last week and things went well. The two squads went head to head for about an hour and a half with starters and backups both getting repetitions. 



Coach Everett says first year starting quarterback Walker Mundorf ran the offense really well during the scrimmage. Mundorf missed all of last season with an injury. 


Click for the interview with coach Andy Everett

Audubon Football Team Opens at AHSTW Friday

(Audubon) The Audubon football team will put their 7 game regular season win streak on the line Friday night when they open their season with AHSTW, a team that's won 10 straight regular season games.

Friday's matchup between the Wheelers and the Vikings will air on KSOM 2. Audubon will be led offensively this season by senior Trevor Smith, entering his third season as the starting quarterback. Co-Head coach Sean Birks describes Smith as a key asset in that position.


Three of Smith's top four targets from last year are gone. This year juniors Mitchell Nelsen and Tristan Stephens along with freshman Josh Lange will see the bulk of the wide receiver duties while Drew Christensen and Lake Hacker will play at the tight ends.


Jake Mulford is the leading returning rusher on the team. He'll step into a starting role this season after averaging 5.7 yards per carry as the backup last season. Coach Birks says Mulford put in a ton of time to improve this summer.


Matt Smith-Petersen as the backup running back and Derek Nielsen at fullback will also see a lot of time in the backfield. Audubon opens up against an AHSTW team that has defeated them three times in the last two years.


Audubon held their scrimmage last Friday. Coach Birks says they were able to get some day type reps and come out of the scrimmage healthy which were two of their main goals. Friday's matchup against AHSTW kicks off at 7:00. Cory Maassen will have the broadcast on KSOM2.  


Click for the interview with co-head coach Sean Birks



IGHSAU Pre-Season Volleyball Rankings

Class 1A

  1. Holy Trinity Catholic
  2. Janesville
  3. Central Lyon
  4. Grandview Christian
  5. LeMars Gehlen Catholic
  6. Tripoli
  7. Guthrie Center (23-7 last year)
  8. Don Bosco
  9. New London
  10. Algona Bishop Garrigan
  11. Turkey Valley
  12. Northwood-Kensett
  13. Springville
  14. Fremont-Mills (22-5)
  15. Murray

Class 2A

  1. Dike-New Hartford
  2. Western Christian
  3. Unity Christian
  4. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont
  5. Grundy Center
  6. St. Albert
  7. South Central Calhoun
  8. Wapsie Valley
  9. Des Moines Christian
  10. West Branch
  11. Treynor
  12. Hudson
  13. Sumner-Fredericksburg
  14. Woodward-Granger
  15. Jesup

Class 3A

  1. Solon
  2. Mount Vernon
  3. Iowa Falls-Alden
  4. Independence
  5. Red Oak
  6. Nevada
  7. Mediapolis
  8. Kuemper Catholic
  9. West Liberty
  10. Beckman Catholic
  11. Algona
  12. Union
  13. Davis County
  14. Forest City
  15. MOC-Floyd Valley

Class 4A

  1. Harlan
  2. West Delaware
  3. Indianola
  4. Marion
  5. Bishop Heelan Catholic
  6. Clear Creek-Amana
  7. LeMars
  8. Lewis Central
  9. Charles City
  10. CR Xavier
  11. Waverly-Shell Rock
  12. Boone
  13. Pella
  14. Webster City
  15. Mount Pleasant

Class 5A

  1. Ankeny Centennial
  2. Ankeny
  3. Dowling Catholic
  4. Bettendorf
  5. IC West 
  6. Pleasant Valley
  7. Waukee
  8. Abraham Lincoln
  9. Linn-Mar
  10. Johnston

Exira-EHK Volleyball Team Very Deep

(Elk Horn) Exira-EHK will get the 2014 volleyball season underway Saturday when they compete at the Missouri Valley Tournament.


The Spartan volleyball team returns a lot of experience as they head into the new season. Head coach Connie Wyatt says six key seniors are back. 



Grace Hoflen is among those seniors back in the lineup, she ranked 2nd on the team last year with 140 kills. Also back is senior Brenna Juelsgaard who led the group with 412 assists last year while ranking 2nd on the squad in digs.


Coach Wyatt says overall it's a very talented team. She identifies several strengths of this year's team, including serving, blocking, and hitting.


The Spartans finished fourth in the conference last year and coach Wyatt is hoping for a higher finish this year, but notes the Rolling Valley Conference is much more competitive than the old Rolling Hills used to be. 


Click for the interview with coach Connie Wyatt

Des Moines Register Releases Preseason Football Rankings




1. W.D.M. DOWLING CATHOLIC (14-0): 2013 champ led by star QB Ryan Boyle

2. WAUKEE (10-2):Powerhouse offense can run and pass

3. C.R. WASHINGTON (6-4):One of the most experienced teams in 4-A

4. W.D.M. VALLEY (10-3):Elite all-state lineman John Raridon guides offense

5. BETTENDORF (10-3):Dual-threat QB Cyle Cox gained more than 1,600 yards

6. CEDAR FALLS (7-4):QB Trey Hansen is one of 10 starters back

7. AMES (11-1):Nine starters return from last year's squad

8. SOUTHEAST POLK (7-4):All-staters Deion Mikesell, Jake Marnin are back

9. PLEASANT VALLEY (11-1):Six all-conference players look for more success

10. DUBUQUE HEMPSTEAD (4-5):A whopping 15 players have started


1. CEDAR RAPIDS XAVIER (12-2): Last year's 4-A runner up dropped a class

2. DAV. ASSUMPTION (9-2): Outstanding defensive team returns 13 starters

3. PELLA (11-1): All-staters Garret Jansen, Seth Johnson, Noah Clayberg back

4. W. DELAWARE (9-2): Brent Lammers (2,100 yards of offense) leads attack

5. SIOUX CITY HEELAN (14-0): Defending state champ aims for repeat

6. HARLAN (10-2): Winner of a state-best 12 championships

7. DECORAH (11-1): Traditional power has won five state titles

8. WAVERLY-SHELL ROCK (7-4): Six players have started two or more years

9. GILBERT (8-4): Two 1,000-yard rushers in backfield

10. WASHINGTON (12-1): State runner up has 11 returning starters in lineup.


1. CLEAR LAKE (12-1): Brock Adams (1,478 yards passing) leads 3-A semifinalist

2. N. FAYETTE VALLEY (11-2): Josh Mackey, Derrick Kuehner: 3,200 yards rush.

3. SPIRIT LAKE (9-2): Eight athletes earned all-district honors last year

4. ALBIA (12-1): Talented group seeks to continue breakthrough

5. NEW HAMPTON (11-1): All-state Connor Frerichs leads 10 returning starters

6. SIOUX CENTER (10-3): State semifinalist has 14 starters back

7. HAMPTON-DUMONT (6-4): QB Cole Miller is a three-year starter

8. C. LYON/GEORGE-LITTLE ROCK (7-4): Ten starters returning, including QB

9. CASCADE (8-3): Derek Lieurance (2,251 passing yards) leads offense

10. MEDIAPOLIS (11-1): Four returning first-team all-district players


1. IOWA CITY REGINA (14-0): Seeking fifth straight state championship

2. WEST LYON (14-0): Last year's Class A champs move up a class

3. SOUTH WINNESHIEK (9-3): 12 starters back led by all-state Jordan Rommes

4. FORT DODGE ST. EDMOND (13-1): State runner-up looking for more success

5. EMMETSBURG (5-5): Traditional power has won nine state titles

6. ST. ANSGAR (7-3): Thirty upperclassmen lead veteran squad

7. WEST BRANCH (6-4): Lucas Lamont (1,517 yards passing) returns

8. HMS (HARTLEY) (4-6): Iowa recruit Brett Waechter leads powerful line

9. AHSTW (AVOCA) (12-1): Experienced team moves up from Class A

10. IKM-MANNING (4-5): 1,000-yard rusher Sam Wegner among 10 starters


1. MAQUOKETA VALLEY (DELHI) (11-1): Ryan Parmely rushed for 2,544 yards

2. C.B. ST. ALBERT (10-1): Traditional power dropped a class

3. GLAD.-REINBECK (9-3): All-state lineman Zach Pierce among 10 starters

4. NASHUA-PLAINFIELD (7-5): Three runners combined to gain 2,100 yards

5. AGWSR (ACKLEY) (9-2): Talented group has several three-year starters

6. LOGAN-MAGNOLIA (5-4): Ten players with starting experience return

7. LAWTON-BRONSON (7-4): Anteres Ashley rushed for 1,065 yards last year

8. LONE TREE (6-4): Good depth led by four first-team all-district picks

9. SOUTH O'BRIEN (10-2): Strong senior class; dropped from 1-A

10. MOUNT AYR (8-3): Stars Kyle Dolecheck, Joe Ricker lead defense


1. FREMONT-MILLS (7-3): Spencer Phillips (1,687 rushing) leads veteran team

2. DON BOSCO (GILBERTVILLE) (14-0): Last year's state champ seeks a repeat

3. MMC (MARCUS) (10-2): Backfield returns two 1,000-yard rushers

4. JANESVILLE (8-2): Four players earned first-team all-district honors

5. CENTRAL (ELKADER) (6-5): Nathan Fitzgerald rushed for 1,236 yards

6. EXIRA-EHK (12-1): Drew Peppers is a two-time all-stater

7. NW-KENSETT (7-4): Key offensive athletes return for traditional power

8. EAST MILLS (8-3): Six athletes with starting experience are back

9. MELCHER-DALLAS (5-4): Everyone who played last year returns

10. GUTHRIE CENTER (4-6): Playing first year of eight-man football


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